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Lowdham C of E Primary School

‘Shine Like Stars’



We currently have three vacancies for goverors: one Diocesan Board of Education, one Local Authority and a vacancy for our Ex-officio governor.

If you feel that you could offer our school your support and experience, please do get in touch with either the Head (Ben Waldram) or the Chair (Emma Wilson).


We would welcome applications from anyone with the desire to help develop our school. We would particularly welcome applications people from a wider diverse background or someone with experience in finance and the law.


More information can be found on the NCC website here.


Governor Roles Overview

The governing body has a range of duties and powers and a general responsibility for the conduct of the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement.

Its responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • setting targets for pupil achievement
  • managing the school’s finances
  • making sure the curriculum is balanced and broadly based
  • appointing staff
  • reviewing staff performance and pay



As a Church of England school we have a majority of “Foundation Governors” appointed by the Church Council of St. Mary’s and the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham.  Other “Representative Governors” include those representing staff and the Local Authority. Each term of office is for 4 years. A full list of Governors with linked areas and committees (Pupil and Personnel and Finance and General Purposes) in brackets follows:


Our Instrument of Governance is currently 12. This is made up of the following:

7 Foundation Governors: 3 DBE (Diocescan Board of Education); 3 PCC (Parochial Church Council); and 1 Ex-officio.

5 Non-foundation Governors: 1 Headteacher, 1 Staff Governor, 1 Local Authory Governor and 2 Parent Governors.


The pay committee is made up of the chairs of both committees and the chair of the FGB and meets annually.

Chair of the P&P committee: Dr Emma Wilson

Chair of the F&GP committee: Mrs Jo Hird

The clerk to the governing body (NCC employee) is Mrs Claire Ruddick


The table and bios below last updated: March, 2022

All minutes from our Full Governing Body meeting and committees are available upon request.

The attendance begins from this year as we have had several new governors.

Meet our governors.


Tess Cumberlidge - Staff

I have had the privilege of teaching at Lowdham since 1999. Over those years I have had two children of my own, both of whom attended the school. I currently teach in Year 2, and I am KS1 lead. I am also lead for Pupil Premium, Science and Music. I am extremely lucky to work with wonderful colleagues, supportive parents, and of course, amazing children. I was teacher governor way back when I started at the school, and am very pleased to have taken on this role once more.


Janice Hewitt - Foundation DBE

I am a former teacher of Home Economics and Food Technology whose later years were spent running a business as an Holistic Therapist and Clinical Aromatherapist, I have spent my retirement devoting herself to family and young grandchildren.

I am a churchwarden in the parish of Lowdham with Caythorpe and Gunthorpe and am dedicated to forging links between school and church.

I particularly enjoy showing groups of children around St. Mary’s Church in Lowdham.



Jo Hird - Foundation DBE

I am a mum of two, originally from Burton Joyce and now living in Bingham with family living in Lowdham. My background is in the creative industries having worked with a variety of small to large business owners to improve their brand and market identity and I now own a Limited Company with my husband providing graphic design support to local charities, retailers, and SMEs. I enjoy voluntary work that relates directly to my experience as a mum, having been Chair and Treasurer of a Preschool in Ruddington and a playgroup leader in Bingham.   

I am the link governor for art and special needs (my son is on the autistic spectrum).

I am proud to have the opportunity to contribute to the enrichment of children’s development at Lowdham Primary.



Christine Saunders - Foundation PCC

My husband, Ian, and I have lived in Lowdham for 35 years and I have always been involved in village life. Whilst our children (now parents themselves) attended Lowdham School, I held various roles on the Friends' committee and organised and supported many activities over the years.

After retiring from my career as Head of Sixth Form and teacher of MFL, I became a volunteer with the NSPCC Schools Service, and have delivered hundreds of Speak Out Stay Safe assemblies and workshops in primary schools throughout Nottinghamshire, including Lowdham. I have developed new transferable skills, a greater understanding of safeguarding, and an enjoyment of working with younger children. 

I am enthusiastic about my new role as governor and feel that I can make a meaningful contribution to the life of the school. I look forward to supporting both staff and pupils in whatever way I can. 



Chris Simson - Foundation PCC

I am a foundation Governor and a member of Lowdham, Gunthorpe and Caythorpe Parochial Church Council.  I moved to Lowdham in 2017 to be closer to family and love the sense of community here.  I am also a member of Lowdham FLAG.

I retired in 2015 after a career including briefing Ministers, examining redundancy strategies and being in charge of Freedom of Information in the Attorney General's Office when he advised on the legality of the invasion of Iraq in 2005.  I am health and safety governor.

I want to do all I can to support the Head and fellow Governors in maintaining the excellent Christian ethos of the school.



Lee Sycamore - Parent 

I have recently been elected as a parent governor and committee member for FG&P.  I am also the link governor for PE. 

I live in Epperstone with my wife, Samantha and our three daughters, two of which are pupils in Years 4 + 6.

I am a designer and chartered professional bringing over 20 years’ experience of project management, investment and strategic delivery within planning, economic growth and regeneration, working across both private & public sector administrations.

I have always been involved with and supported our local communities.  I am proud to support the staff and Head in the running of our wonderful faith school where our children really are given the opportunity to ‘Shine Like Stars’.



Christie Taylor - Parent

I am a newly appointed parent governor at Lowdham CofE Primary School. I live in Calverton with my husband, Ian. We have a daughter, who is currently in year four and a son who attends a local preschool

In my work life, I am just about to take up a new role with the NHS as a Business Support Manager and have spent a total of around nine years as a Civil Servant working for Public Health England in various roles. In between times, I spent four years in the Finance Department at the University of Nottingham to broaden my experience. 

I have been asked to take responsibility for computing and e-safety as link governor and am looking forward to supporting the school with this and other governance matters over the next four years.



Ben Waldram - Headteacher

I am the headteacher here at Lowdham CofE – it is my first headship after working in a variety of schools in Nottingham and Derby. Ensuring that the children in our care get every opportunity to fly and succeed is my privilege. Through a fantastic team of staff and governors, we are able to do that. I have three children of my own and live with my wife (Sarah) and family over in Beeston. Big fan of brews, biscuits and buffets!



Emma Wilson - Foundation PCC

I am an Associate Professor in Public Health at The University of Nottingham. I have expertise in health research and higher education quality assurance. 

I am the link governor for Science and Most Able/gifted learners.

I am interested in how preschool age children learn and how we can improve lifelong health outcomes by reducing preschool inequalities. 

I have lived in Lowdham for over 20 years and I am proud to be part of the community in the village. I am a member of Lowdham Parish Council and the Lowdham Flood Action Group. 




Register of business interests.

All governors sign a form every year to declare whether they have any business interests that could be seen as a link to the school. This is done to ensure absolute transparency, especially regarding any appeals that may have to be made or any financial matters.

These can be seen in the table below.

Tracey Akehurst

Sept 2019

Sept 2023


St Mary's Administrator


Tracey resigned as governor on 08/12/21Policies
Andrea BurrowsSept 2014Associate Governor - can vote in committees onlyNone

Deputy headteacher


Tess Cumberlidge

Nov 2020 

Nov 2024

Staff governor 

KS1 lead, SLT


Janice Hewitt

May 2017

May 2025

DBEChurch Warden St Mary's



11/11EYFS, art, DT
Jo Hird

May 2019

May 2023




11/12SEND, HT appraisal
Alex Holland

April 2018

April 2022

Parent governorHas two children attending LPS




Alex resigned as governor on 07/08/21


Simon JonesOctober 2019Ex-officioCurate at St Mary's




Simon finished his role as ex-officio on 31/01/22

Christine Saunders

March 2022




*switched to PCC 07/03/22

Reading volunteer



8/9English, MFL, Anti-bullying
Chris Simson

Sept 2019

Sept 2023

PCCWorks with children's groups and runs Messy Church




Vice Chair


Lee Sycamore

Dec 2019



Parent governorHas two children attending LPS



7/11PE link
Christie Taylor

Nov 2021

Nov 2025

Parent governorHas one child attending LPS


2/2Computing/e-safety link
Ben WaldramSept 2017Headteacher 



Emma Wilson

Feb 2021 

Feb 2025

PCCHas one child attending LPS



11/12Chair, Safeguarding, Complaints, Maths, Science, Most Able, PSHE and Wellbeing